American Double Bassist Charles Paul is a newly appointed member of the Baltimore Symphony’s Double Bass section and has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and American Public Media’s “Performance Today” as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborator. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Paul holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the instruction of Professors Paul Ellison and Timothy Pitts.
Mr. Paul has received numerous awards including 1st Prize of the 2016 TCU International Double Bass Competition, semi-finalist of the 2017 International Society of Basses Solo Competition, National YoungArts Artist Awards in 2013 and 2014, the 2011 Lawrence Hurst Endowed Double Bass Scholarship, Tanglewood Music Center Fellowships in 2016 and 2017, Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship in 2015, and Spoleto Festival USA fellowships in 2018 and 2019.
Mr. Paul performs a wide variety of repertoire, performing as a member of the Teatro Nuovo Bel Canto Orchestra, a founding member of the Kinetic Ensemble, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Lake George Music Festival, the Austin Camerata, and has premiered works of new music for solo double bass and chamber music by Doug Balliet, Erin Gee, Theo Chandler, and Jon Anderson. Mr. Paul has collaborated with many artists such as Sanford Sylvan, Thomas Ades, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, and in 2018 worked with his mother Meg Paul and the Gerald Arpino Foundation in a recreation of the 1971 work for dance and solo double Bass “Valentine” by Gerald Arpino and Jacob Druckman. In 2018, Mr. Paul performed as a solo act on the main stage of the Detroit Music Weekend, opening for the Jackson Five.
Mr. Paul plays a Daniel Hachez Double Bass commissioned in 2016.